All about fishing in the Bay State
The state of Massachusetts has so many lakes and ponds to choose from. Far too many for us to cover here so we are listing the major waters and providing information about MA lake location as well as the major species in each lake. Here, you can fish for largemouth bass, smallmouth bass, channel catfish, white catfish, black crappie, white crappie, walleye, rainbow trout, brook trout, brown trout, lake trout, bluegill, white perch, yellow perch, Atlantic salmon, chain pickerel, northern pike and tiger muskie in local lakes, rivers, ponds and/or streams.
Major Massachusetts Lakes
Lake & Fish Chart
This chart shows the major fishing waters in Massachusetts, cross referencing these waters with the major types of fishing to be found in each of the lakes or impoundments. For a more complete list of fish species in Massachusetts, see the list below, which also includes state records.
Massachusetts Fishing Lake Sizes & Locations
Assawompset Pond is a 2,500-acre lake in the southeast part of the state, at Lakeville, MA.
Cheshire Reservoir is a 400-acre lake in the northwest part of the state, at Cheshire, MA.
Congamond Lake is a 460-acre lake in the southwest part of the state, at Southwick, MA.
Hamilton Reservoir is a 410-acre lake in the south-central part of the state, at Holland, MA.
Lake Chaubunagungamaug is a 1,400-acre lake in the south-central part of the state, at Webster, MA.
Lake Cochituate is a 610-acre lake in the northeast part of the state, at Natick, MA.
Lake Garfield is a 260-acre lake in the west-central part of the state, at Monterey, MA.
Lake Rohunta is a 380-acre lake in the northeast part of the state, at Orange, MA.
Lake Quinsigamond is a 770-acre lake in the central part of the state, in Worcester, MA.
Long Pond is a 1,700-acre lake in the southeast part of the state, at East Freetown, MA.
Norton Reservoir is a 530-acre lake in the southeast part of the state, at Norton, MA.
Otis Reservoir is a 1,200-acre lake in the southwest corner of the state, 5 miles northeast of Sandisfield, MA.
Quabbin Reservoir is a 25,000-acre lake in the west-central part of the state, at New Salem, MA.
South Watuppa Pond is a 1,450-acre lake in the southeast part of the state, at Fall River, MA.
Wachusett Reservoir is a 4,100-acre lake in the east-central part of the state, at Clinton, MA.
The Massachusetts Department of Fish & Game has a website filled with regulations and information about fishing in Massachusetts.
Visit AA-Boats-Boating.com to find information about fishing boats in Massachusetts and other boating information.
Acquire a Massachusetts fishing license here.
Find information about cabin rentals in Massachusetts for comfortable accommodations on your fishing trip.
Visit the section dedicated to fishing activities for kids in MA, including stories, fish photos and tips for where and how to take a kid fishing in MA. Please send us your recommendations and we will be happy to consider them for publication.
State of MA Fishing Guides
Fish for big bass in Massachusetts
Excellent largemouth and smallmouth bass fishing opportunities are available to anglers in MA.
Fish Species in Massachusetts
World record: 22 lbs 4 oz
MA State Record: 15 lbs 8 oz
World record: 11 lbs 15 oz
MA State Record: 8 lbs 2 oz
World record: 58 lbs 0 oz
MA State Record: 26 lbs 8 oz
World record: 22 lbs 0 oz
MA State Record: 9 lbs 3 oz
World record: 6 lbs 0 oz
MA State Record: 4 lbs 10 oz
World record: 5 lbs 3 oz
MA State Record: N/A
World record: 25 lbs 0 oz
MA State Record: 11 lbs 0 oz
World record: 42 lbs 2 oz
MA State Record: 13 lbs 13 oz
World record: 14 lbs 8 oz
MA State Record: 10 lbs 0 oz
World record: 40 lbs 4 oz
MA State Record: 19 lbs 10 oz
World record: 72 lbs 0 oz
MA State Record: 24 lbs 0 oz
World record: 4 lbs 12 oz
MA State Record: 2 lbs 1 oz
World record: 4.6 lbs
MA State Record: 3 lbs 2 oz
World record: 4 lbs 3 oz
MA State Record: 2 lbs 12 oz
World record: 79 lbs 2 oz
MA State Record: 22 lbs 15 oz
World record: 9 lbs 6 oz
MA State Record: 9 lbs 5 oz
World record: 55 lbs 1 oz
MA State Record: 35 lbs 0 oz
World record: 51 lbs 2 oz
MA State Record: 27 lbs 0 oz
By clicking on the images and links above, you will be taken to a page offering more information about the selected species.
Fishing information for each state.
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